Who better to celebrate National Poetry Month with than our seminal guest, Stan White. No one is more incisively brilliant about poetry than Stan White, but for this third visit to Art Waves he is joined in conversation by Lin Geary, another poet who offers uncommon wit and depth through poetry. For a fabulous, thought-provoking conversation, listen to Art Waves #72. Topics: National Poetry Month, metaphor, poetry
Adam Getty has held down some of the toughest industrial jobs the 21st century has to offer. This interview grants some insight into how he turns those experiences into sophisticated and exquisite poetry. Topics: poetry, industry
Two decades ago, poet Robert Boates suffered a severe brain injury in a fall. He had to relearn everything from scratch, but it was poetry that returned first and most powerfully. In what he calls his second life, Robert Boates has found that everything depends on poetry. Topics: poetry, brain injury, survivor
Stan White was the reason we began the radio program, Art Waves--we wanted to record him reading his brilliant poems, as well as speaking in his unique and incisive way about poetry itself. This is the first of Stan White's illuminating visits to Art Waves. Topic: poetry, oral medium, sound
Here is a voice for cathedrals, for mountaintops. I have always said it, and now you can hear it in all its dramatic glory, as Jim Lafferty releases his third collection of earth-shattering poetry: A Celtic Blessing. This is laureate-worthy work. Dive into the passion and brilliance of Celtic poetry, with Jim Lafferty on Art Waves #77. Topics: celtic poetry, writing poetry for special occasions, inspiration
John Terpstra began his writing life as a poet, but, with Falling Into Place, began applying his poetic gifts to prose. On his first visit to Art Waves he talks about his work, particularly the award-winning memoir about his brothers-in-law, entitled The Boys or Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter. Topics: poetry, prose, memoir, muscular dystrophy
Poet and essayist John Porter has a rather wise aura about him, and Art Waves could think of no better guest to entertain on All Saints Day. He did not disappoint. Topics: poetry, essays, language, spiritual exploration
Though she came late to writing, Marilyn Gear Pilling arrived like a ship in full sail on that horizon. Her intensity and eloquence, not to mention her sense of humour, make for great radio. And her explanation of the difference between prose and poetry Topics: poetry, fiction, literary genres, humour
Stan White returns for a fourth visit to Art Waves, this time with Katherine Gordon and Becky Alexander. The three have collaborated on several poetry collections and they discuss their unusual approach to awakening the muse. Topics: collaboration, poetry, inspiration, working to themes, publishing
Poets Ellen Jaffe and James Deahl are among many writers who came to Canada from the U.S. during the Vietnam War Era. Their work has been included in the anthology Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era, edited by Allan Briesmaster and Steven Michael Berzensky. Early July, with its Canada Day and Independence Day celebrations, seemed the perfect time to discuss Crossing Lines. Topics: poetry, immigration, draft dodgers, Vietnam Era
Writer and actor Duane Tucker is as eloquent, dramatic and spell-binding as you would expect him to be. He will keep you enraptured with the story of his one-man play about the life of John Muir, as well as with his exquisite poetry. Topics: poetry, acting, one-man-play, John Muir
When writer and arts organizer, Kerry Schooley, died this past September it shocked and saddened the Hamilton writing community, for whom he had done so much. To help us remember Kerry, we invited Jeff Seffinga, Jean Rae Baxter and Chris Pannell to tell stories about him, read from his work and play some of his favourite music. It was, to nobody's surprise, a very moving conversation. Topics: noir fiction, poetry, humour, promoting the arts, Lit Live, Tower Poetry Society, The New...
Elizabeth Corey gives us a fascinating look inside Hamilton’s Whitehern, where she inhabits the persona of the cook of the historic home by day. By night she writes poetry. To find out how Liz’s “two lives” inform each other, listen to this engaging episode of Art Waves. Topics: poetry, Whitehern, historical reenactor, inspiration, Hamilton
In his second visit to Art Waves, poet Stan White continues his brilliant analysis of poetry as a sound medium. His background in 3-D photography lends another dimension to his vision of the way art works. Don't miss this chance to sit at the knee of a visionary. Topics: poetry, three-dimensional photography, sound, metaphor, language
Linda Frank and Ross Belot came by to tell us about their new books. Linda has just released a poetic exploration of the life of Frida Kahlo entitled, Kahlo: The World Split Open. And Ross has launched his first collection, entitled Swimming in the Dark. In very different ways, both books are illuminating explorations of darkness. Topics: Frida Kahlo, poetry, darkness and light
Jennifer Gillies and Noelle Allan stop by Art Waves to tell us about the writers and events they have lined up for this year's Hamilton writers' festival, Grit Lit. Topics: Grit Lit, writers' festival, readings, poetry, fiction, non-fiction
National Poetry Month? Poet Jeff Seffinga is averse to the idea. According to him, every month is Poetry Month; in fact every day is Poetry Day! He immerses himself in it from his first pre-breakfast haiku to the last image that dances through his mind as he drops off to sleep. Topics: haiku, tanka, Abdullah Ibrahim, National Poetry Month, Jamie Shea Trio, the Beat poets
Imagine that your entire life's work and identity are bound up with your mother-tongue. Then imagine that you are forced into exile & must start over in a new language and culture. Think Beethoven & deafness. This is the story of Afghan poet, Mir Hussein Mahdavi. He says he would be a different person in Farsi, but you will be so happy to meet this brilliant man in English. Topics: Farsi poetry, UNHCR, Adam and Eve story, Dawood Sarkhosh, Jeffery Donaldson, Sufi religion, Islam
Since I last saw him a decade ago, Paul Sutherland has morphed from a bespectacled, youthful fellow in a tweed cap to a man in a Muslim cap with a long, white beard. He has become a Sufi Muslim, and in this episode of Art Waves, he explains the effect this has had on his life and writing, and how the seeds of it were always evident. He also catches us up on his literary journal, Dream Catcher. Topics: poetry, Rumi, Sufism, inspiration, expatriate longing, literary journals, e-journals, Dream Catcher
Many people join writing workshop groups to enhance their work, but not many such groups are as cohesive and boldly exciting as the one formed by Marilyn Gear Pilling, Linda Frank, Dick Capling and Ross Belot. In this interview they discuss their adventures and how the group has helped them develop their various poetic voices. Topics: poetry, Don McKay, Robert Hilles, Liz Phillips, The Banff Centre, Ron Hines, Netania Davrath
No one lives poetry like Alvaro Tortora. Be a-mused and altered as you listen to him read his poems and talk about how they are born, and why, in each one, he faces death. Topics: poetry, the muse, Italian and English, mother tongue, Lorca, death, translation
For our 100th program who else would we invite to help us celebrate but the "reason for the season"--the Art Waves season, that is. Since poet Stan White was the reason we began Art Waves, we asked him to come in and talk a bit about Christmas, and mostly to read his remarkable poetry to us. It was a very merry interview indeed, filled with sugarplums. Topics: poetry, playing the saw, oral medium, Stevie Smith, Edward Thomas, David Weiss
The Book Band is a one-of-a-kind organization devoted to helping small publishers and unknown writers find an audience. The passion George and Trudi Down feel for this work--as well as their devotion to each other--will inspire you, whether you're listening, as we were, two days before St. Valentine's Day, or any day of the year. Topics: Tower Poetry Society, Eden Mills Writers' Festival, Word on the Street, Seraphim Editions, Potlatch...
Two passionate writers have joined forces and the result is a life of no compromise, old work edited and published, new work blossoming. Inspiring at any age, James Deahl and Norma West Linder have much to teach us about making the golden years live up to its name. Topics: Manitoulin Island, Margaret Laurence, Ernest Buckler, Kenneth Patchen, Robert Lowell, Robert...